November 22, 2013
Topping-off Event Celebrates First Phase of Apartments at 525 Huntington Ave. Construction
Apartment-style living for Wentworth students drew ever closer on Friday, November 22, with a topping-off ceremony held to commemorate work on the Apartments @ 525 Huntington Avenue.
Members of the campus community were invited to take a personal stake in the project when they took turns signing a steel beam that will be part of the building’s frame.
“One critical way we help our students is by providing them with on-campus housing, because we know that students who live on campus have higher rates of success academically compared to students living off campus,” said Wentworth President Zorica Pantić.
The Apartments @ 525 will be the school’s seventh residential complex on campus. The new state-of-the-art, 305-bed hall will house juniors and seniors, a population of students who often seek off-campus living arrangements in the Mission Hill and Fenway neighborhoods.
Featuring apartment-style living, key amenities include single and double bedrooms, full kitchens, and washers and dryers in each apartment. The Apartments @ 525 Huntington Avenue, which will open for the Fall 2014 semester, will allow Wentworth to house 96 percent of students who seek housing in Boston.
A ceremonial program after the beam signing was held in the lobby of the 610 Huntington Avenue Residence Hall, itself an example of Wentworth’s growth in recent years. The program of speakers included City Councilors Michael Ross and Tito Jackson; City Councilor-elect Josh Zakim; Beacon Architectural Associates Vice President Michael Coleman; BOND CEO Edward Bond, Jr.; President Pantić; and Wentworth Student Government President Brian Conway, BSCN ’15.
“Wentworth stands apart because of the commitment they’ve shown over and over to the communities in Boston,” said Ross. “I’m proud to call Wentworth a friend and I appreciate the way they’ve treated our neighbors.”
Jackson echoed Ross’ sentiments regarding giving back to the community saying, “You’re helping young people in the city and giving them better opportunities.”
All speakers noted that the addition of the Apartments @ 525 Huntington Avenue will provide students a better chance to become involved in Institute activities by offering them the chance to live on campus.
“Today’s ‘topping-off ceremony’ recognizes the end of one phase of construction and the beginning of another as we build and invest in the Wentworth of tomorrow,” Pantić said.
- Dennis Nealon